Course Description

A practical framework is provided for examining the full range of issues under family law. With an emphasis on California Law, this course covers issues involving:

  • Antenuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation
  • Marriage
  • Termination of marriage
  • Annulments
  • Institution of dissolution proceedings
  • Preparation of dissolution case and trial
  • Alimony and property division
  • Mediation
  • Child custody, visitation and child support
  • Paternity
  • Adoption

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define key topics and developments in family law
  • Examine the state’s regulation of family and marital relationships
  • Summarize the requirements for entering into a valid marriage and the jurisdictional requirements for dissolution of marriage
  • Describe the rights, obligations and duties of custody, visitation and support and rights conferred by community property
  • Prepare the necessary forms to initiate or respond to an action for dissolution of marriage
  • Explore newest cases and statutes, including status of current California Supreme rulings


Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies or consent of program director

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Sep 25, 2023 to Dec 15, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (3 units) $540.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
3 units
Section Notes

This class meets online asynchronously.

If you have enrolled within 48 hours from the first session, please contact PaCE Support to ensure that you are able to access Gauchospace.

Students are required to purchase the textbook below prior to the first class meeting. Textbooks can be purchased from the vendor of your choice. 

California Family Law, 8th Edition

by Marshall W. Waller 

Aspen Publishing

ISBN-13: 978-1543815443

ISBN-10: 1543815448

No refunds after 10/6/23